Can I Register a Service Mark for My Cannabis Business?

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Trademarks on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Cannabis business owners in California can now register their trademarks and protect their intellectual property rights. This is a welcome sign for those who provide cannabis-related goods or services in the state. With the passage of the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) -- cannabis products became legal in California commerce. As a result, recreational use cannabis businesses have been growing like weeds (no pun intended) since January 1. Obtaining intellectual property protections Although the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does not accept service mark applications [...]

2019-03-12T21:31:44+00:00May 8th, 2018|Tags: , |

Trademark Infringement Claims Involving a Non-US Company

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Trademarks on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Sometimes potential trademark claims aren't always what they seem. The grocery chain Trader Joe's is appealing after losing a lawsuit to enforce its trademark against a Canadian individual who operates a store called "Pirate Joe's." For the past three years, Michael Hallatt has operated a grocery store that sells thousands of dollars of Trader Joe's goods in Vancouver. Mr. Hallatt opened his store in 2012, and Trader Joe's immediately contacted him to stop his operation. When he refused, Trader Joe's sued in federal court in the state of Washington. [...]

2018-09-18T10:26:54+00:00May 5th, 2018|